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Army officers rise to cause, save lives in U'khand

PTI  Srinagar, June 25, 2013
First Published: 12:37 IST(25/6/2013) | Last Updated: 13:07 IST(25/6/2013)

The 'men in olive green' have madesupreme sacrifices in the line of duty but the sense of service and courage prompted two officers, currently posted in Jammu and Kashmir, to go beyond that call and helping people stranded in flood-hit Uttarakhand.

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Major Mahesh Karki and Capt Amit Kumar, both residents of Uttarakhand, were on leave when the tragedy struck the state and they could not hold themselves back.

Karki, of the Gorkha Rifles, was on leave in his native state when the floods hit on June 15. He was driving from Dehradun to Badrinath with his wife, two kids and mother-in-law in his vehicle when they got caught in heavy rains at Karnaprayag.

They still went ahead and reached Joshimath the next evening, where, they found the road had collapsed and were told to turn back, a defence spokesman said here.

"The officer had two choices. Either he could return and drive himself and his family to the safety or do something for the 25 people who were struck on the other side of the road," the spokesman said.

The sense of serving the nation took him over and he asked his wife to wait with the rest of the family as he went ahead to save the stranded people, he said.

"I just could not hold myself back," Karki was quoted as saying by the spokesman.

The young officer braved the ravaged stretch and drove his SUV to fetch the stranded people, four at a time, as carrying more in such bad weather was risky.

He brought all of them to safety at a point near Govindghat from where the Army took over.


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